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Rev. Dr. Debbie Ardella Strickling-Bullock, Our First Lady


Rev. Dr. Debbie Ardella Strickling-Bullock is a Christian, licensed minister of the gospel, and a lifetime servant in the Baptist Church. She holds an earned Doctorate of Education and Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Wilmington University, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, and certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute. She has over 30 years of comprehensive workforce management experience and conducted extensive research on human resource development and career advancement strategies for women in leadership.


Dr. Debbie is a gifted preacher, a classical pianist with perfect pitch, and a dynamic gospel choir director. She is the author of two books entitled, “It’s All Good: When Lessons Lead to Blessings” and “It’s All Good:  Every Round Goes Higher.”  Currently, Dr. Debbie serves as a facilitator of spiritual gifts discovery, a leader in Canaan’s Education, Women, and Family Ministries, and Youth and Young Adult Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.  Additionally, Dr. Debbie is an Independent Human Resources Management and Strategic Planning Consultant, Flight Attendant for an international airliner, and a senior seminarian at the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, pursuing a Master of Divinity degree.


Dr. Debbie is the daughter of Rev. James Abram Strickling, Sr. (deceased) and Annie Ruth Hartley-Strickling and the youngest of 11 siblings. She shares her life with her husband of more than 35 years, Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock, Pastor of the Canaan Baptist Church of Delaware. The Bullocks have two sons, Benjamin Ellis, and Daniel Alan, and are “Papa-Doc” and “Ghannah” to their grandsons, Daniel Christopher and Isaiah Benjamin, and granddaughter Isabella Joenelle Bullock.


For strength and guidance during her Christian walk, Dr. Debbie relies on the Holy Spirit and Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (NIV).  Each day she strives to fulfill her purpose, which is to water the planted seeds so that God will give the increase and get the glory for the things He has done!

To reach Dr. Debbie, please send an e-mail to

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